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Bhoothnath, movie review

A child's love is innocent & honest. It can transform relationships


Bhoothnath, movie review

It is believed that children have the strongest connection to God. In Bhoothnath, it is shown that they have the ability to perceive goodness in everything and everyone. It is believed a mother’s love is selfless. But a child’s love can transform relationships; it comes with no expectations and no boundaries. Their love can make you believe in miracles.

This is a story about a seven-year-old naughty yet innocent boy, who unknowingly turns a foe into a friend. The film is about Banku and his friend, Bhoothnath…about innocence, honesty and the pure love of a child.

A story about a little innocence, a little playfulness, and a lot of emotions that will touch hearts. This is a story that will show adults to see the world through the eyes of a child… an angel, a creation of God. It’s then that one will realize what a beautiful world they live in after all.

Bhoothnath begins with imaginative use of animation and has a nice, very enjoyable first half. Post interval, it drags, has lectures and discouraging attitude towards our youth that go abroad for better prospects. This storywriter’s ideologies does not go well with the audience.

Here we have creative and cute use of special effects, interesting happenings, and then we are sent to a second half where we are suddenly thrown into a rather gloomy outlook of society. From a first half with two well developed characters, the viewer is hurriedly introduced to new characters and their unclear relationships post-interval.

The good old Amitabh Bachchan plays the grandfatherly ghost – Bhoothnath, who won’t let anyone stay in his house even though only his spirit can inhabit it. Despite old age, his comic timing is as immaculate as ever. He has fun and even a moment of anger. He is wonderfully matched by the impressive little child Aman Siddiqui who plays the impish Banku. Aman is mischevious, innocent, sad and even sparkling in his moments. His mother played by Juhi Chawla is her cheerful self, with an unbelievable sense of humor. Juhi seems uncomfortable in some anxious, heavy moments.

A special appearance by Shah Rukh Khan who is Banku’s father is fairly decent and impressive in whatever little moments. The jokers that Satish Shah and Rajpal Yadav are, they actually make us laugh in Bhoothnath.

Vivek Sharma’s directorial debut starts off refreshingly enough, and you are convinced that Bhoothnath is a film for children. All goes well till somewhere post interval the director puts in the typical Hindi filmy melodrama and weepy moments (typical) which actually wipe off the fresh feeling of the start of the film.

Cast of Bhoothnath –
Bhoothnath – Amitabh Bachchan
Banku – Aman Siddiqui
Banku’s mother – Juhi Chawla
School Principal – Satish Shah
Rajpal Yadav, Tejas Are, Vijay Nath
Guest Appearance – Shah Rukh Khan

CREDITS, CREW of Bhoothnath:
Banner: B R Films
Presenter – Indian Films
Producer: B R Chopra, Ravi Chopra
Director – Vivek Sharma
Music Director – Salim Merchant, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Lyricist – Javed Akhtar
Story Writer, Screenplay – Vivek Sharma
Production Designer – Muneesh Sappel
Playback Singers – Amitabh Bachchan, Arman Malik, Aparna Bhaagwat, Koushtuv Ghosh, Sharavan Suresh, Sneha Suresh, Sukhwinder Singh, Hariharan
Choreographer- Remo, Vaibhavi Merchant
Director of Photography – Vishnu Rao
Editor- Sanjay Varma
Background Score – Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant
Bhoothnath, movie review